A Simple Recipe for Heirloom Caprese

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Heirloom Caprese
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As City Manager, David Frasher works alongside a board of directors to keep Hot Springs, Arkansas, running efficiently. Outside of his professional life, David Frasher loves to cook, and is especially fond of Mario Batali’s recipes.

If you love Italian food, try out this simple heirloom caprese recipe, created by Mario Batali.

Slice one and a half pounds of your favorite heirloom tomatoes, setting the tops aside. If you opt for cherry or grape tomatoes instead, simply cut them in half.

Puree the tomato tops, then strain to create tomato water.

Create a vinaigrette by combining one-quarter cup of the tomato water, two tablespoons of champagne vinegar, a dash of cracked pepper, and a pinch of high-quality sea salt. While whisking, drizzle in six tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.

Compose the salad by tossing one cup of basil leaves over the tomato slices. Tear 10 ounces of fresh mozzarella into small chunks, and scatter these in. Drizzle the vinaigrette over everything, and finish the salad off with a pinch of salt and a final splash of oil.

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